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Sierra Snow Slows Travelers

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 17, 2023 4:41 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – It is challenging to cross mountain passes when the Sierra is heavily snowed over. The I-80 side of the highway is being chained up by both truckers and motorists.

One of them, Juan Garza, travels the nation in a truck.

“Started off Monday in Boston, Massachusetts and I’ve been making my way across slowly from one coast to another,” Garza said.

Snow in the Sierras has now caused him to slow down and become stuck.

“They say I need chains on my trailer and I never knew about that,” he said.

Garza is not alone in this.

Local resident Douglas Benedetti installs chains in front of the checkpoint at Gold Ranch along I-80. He claims that more individuals are driving carelessly this holiday weekend.

“They get to the California border thinking, ‘alright palm trees and sunny beaches’ and they find themselves in the Sierra Nevada mountains and there’s a lot of snow here.”

While advising motorists of lengthy delays and the 30 mph speed limit on I-80, CalTrans and NDOT are working around the clock to clear major thoroughfares.

“Traffic looks like it’s at a stand still. It doesn’t seem like they’re moving very fast, so I wonder if the plows are even keeping up with all this,” Garza asked.

It looks much less probable that Garza will meet his deadline in Sacramento as the snow continues to fall.

“The wheels aren’t turning, I’m not making no money,” he said.

Credits: KOLO TV

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